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Moby Dick quotes
Sir, I must request that you put your foreign boys to work. Them sitting idle is affecting the morale. Did you not hear me, Captain?
They are not here as shipkeepers, Mr. Starbuck, or for any other purpose. They are here to find and slay the white whale.
What the devil's the matter with you?
Ishmael no want go on ship with Queequeg?
No. I mean, yes, of course I do. But you would be better suited to pick out a whaler that's suited for both of us, not I, and I shall certainly not take your money. Queequeg, I fear I must make a confession. I used to be a schoolteacher. Do you know what that is?
No. Well, not exactly. What I'm trying to say is that I've never jumped a spar in my life.
Ishmael no sailor?
Aye. Me no sailor. It's just that I have this burning desire to go to sea.
Me Ojo savvy. Ishmael pick ship. Ishmael pick ship.
Now, Queequeg, stop that!
Why didn't you tell me that this harpooner I'd be sharing a bed with is a cannibal, for God's sake?
Now, listen to me, Queequeg. You savvy me, I savvy you. This lad sleep here in this bed with you. You savvy?
Me savvy plenty.
Aye, harpoons do like stuck in him like so many corkscrews. Aye, his spout is big, like Nantucket wheat. Aye, by death and devils, the white whale is Moby-di**, if Moby-di** you see!
Captain Ahab, was it not Moby-di** that cut off thy leg?
Aye, Mr. Starbuck. Aye, my hearties all. It was Moby-di** that dismantled me, that reaped off my leg like a mower a blade of grass and left me with this dead stump I stand on. For forever and a day I shall chase that white whale.
You a commadore, then, or a cook?
No, a simple sailor, jumping from spar to spar like a grasshopper in a May meadow. Very much like a slave. But who isn't a slave? Tell me that.
I suppose you're going whaling, then?
Aye. Would you be having a room for a simple sailor, Mr. Coffin?
Aye, if you've no objection to sharing a blanket with a simple harpooner.
Queequeg be sailor no more.
What is this, harpooner?
You be bad magic!
Away from me!
Queequeg harpoon for you no more!
What about the boy, sir?
Boy? What boy?
Pip, sir. He's lost at sea.
The tamborine boy? What the devil was he doing in your boat, Mr. Starbuck?
He stowed away, sir, where he wasn't supposed to be. He's a kind-hearted, jolly little boy, sir. I'm afraid we've lost him.
Me go find Pip! If Pip be dead, it be bad magic!
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